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I am always amazed at the argument that letting the Vietnam war take its course was merely letting the Vietnamese people "determine their own future." The North was supported and supplied by two of the largest and most murderous totalitarian states the world has ever known. Letting the North take over the South would be like arguing that intervening in the Korean War was interfering with the Koreans "determining their own future." Tom Nichols Naval War College At 03:41 PM 11/19/2004, you wrote: >From: Arnold Offner <firstname.lastname@example.org> > >Re the US leaving Vietnam: > >There were certainly some, and likely many, people who did not think that >that the U.S. should have been in Vietnam in the first place, and who >thought that the sooner the U.S. left the struggle over who ruled to the >people of the Vietnam, the Vietnamese people, and the U.S. would be >better for it. There was little reason to think that U.S. support for the >French in the late 1940s/early 1950s, or subversion of the 1954 Geneva >accords, or support for the Diem regime and those that followed represented >a quest for democracy. Hence, the issue was not whether one felt it would >"ok if the Communists won"; the issue was whether the Vietnamese had the >right to determine their own future, and whether the U.S. had any right to >try to dictate that future. > >At least that's how I saw things then--and now. > >Arnold Offner >Lafayette College >